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Naming the Albert Street Residence

Consultations are underway to select a permanent name for the new Albert Street Residence.

The name will reflect the nature and purpose of the building as a residence, using a word or words in an Indigenous language. 

This approach reflects institutional commitments to commemorate Indigenous history, and advance equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigeneity, and Truth and Reconciliation on our campus and across our community. It further aligns with the values outlined in the University Strategy.

A working group, comprising students, faculty and staff, is providing advice and guiding the process to develop a proposal under the university’s Naming Policy, and associated procedure for Service and Commemorative Naming.

The working group has identified the following themes for the name, that include:  

  • Community 
  • Belonging 
  • Welcoming / Comfort 
  • Unity 
  • Home
  • Physical Space – e.g. lodge, nest 

Additional considerations for the name include its short form(s), the potential for more than one Indigenous language to be integrated, and its relevance and meaning to local Indigenous communities.

Campus community members’ ideas and input are invited via email to: edhouse@queensu.ca before December 23.  

Outreach and focus groups are being facilitated with residence students who identify as Indigenous, students at Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, the university’s Elders Advisory Circle, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and the Indigenous Caucus of the University’s Indigenous Council.

Recommendations will be made to the university’s Senior Leadership Team, with final review and approval by the Board of Trustees anticipated in March 2023.

More information: https://www.queensu.ca/residences/help-name-albert-street-residence